Save Clara's OAM!

Save Clara's OAM

Please sign our petition so that Dr Clara Soo doesn't have to return her Order of Australia, and so equity and inclusion are values honours recipients uphold.

Canberra doctor, Clara Tuck Meng Soo, has returned her Order of Australia Medal in protest against Mrs Margaret Court being awarded the highest Order of Australia.
In her letter to the Governor-General (attached), Dr Soo said,

“By giving this promotion to Mrs Margaret Court, the Council of the Order of Australia is sending a strong signal to distressed (LGBTIQ+) youth that discrimination and prejudice against them is tolerated. I do not want to be seen as supporting the values that the Council seems to be supporting with this promotion of Mrs Margaret Court. I would like to return my OAM."

In 2016, Dr Soo received an OAM for her life's work as a medical practitioner with LGBTIQ+ people, HIV+ people and those with drug dependencies. Dr Soo was one of the first GPs to undergo gender transition in Australia.

Sign our petition: Clara should not lose her OAM!

In 2016 Dr Soo received an Order of Australia medal for her life's work as a medical practitioner with LGBTIQ+ people, people with HIV and people with drug dependencies & was one of the first GPs to undergo gender transition in Australia.

Clara is a great Australian.

We applaud Clara’s stand and urge the Council of the Order of Australia to reconsider its decision and ask the Governor General and the Council of the Order of Australia to review their standards of review and how it came to be that someone with such a prominent, divisive and destructive impact could be further elevated.

Margaret Court has an enviable sporting record which has been frequently honoured, including receiving an AO in 2007. Her focus since then has been to use the platform her tennis career and honours she has received to divide the country and harm the sense of belonging and inclusion of some Australians.

Margaret Court's primary contribution to Australian society since being awarded an AO for her historic tennis achievements in 2007 has been to campaign to marginalise and malign LGBTIQ Australians.

Either the Council was not aware of the damage and division she has actively contributed to or they are and they are supporting it.

Australians cannot turn a blind eye to that conduct. We cannot ignore that it appears the Council seemingly appears to not celebrate inclusive Australian values.

We cannot accept that Margaret Court is an example of the best of Australians when she has worked so hard against the welfare of some of us.

We do not want Clara's life of service to not be celebrated by the Australian Honours System.

The decision has tarnished many Australian's perception of the Honours system and many distinguished Australians may reconsider their association that further elevates the divisive efforts of Margaret Court.

Please review the standards that guides the Council, affirm that Australian values celebrate the inclusion and dignity of LGBTIQ people and protect Clara's OAM.

*Signatories to this petition who have already been recognised in the Australian Honours system can also sign our open letter here*

Who's signing

David Thompson
Emily Jehne
Kristin Martin
Simon Holliday
Tom McPherson
Rose Hill
Wendy Fenton
elizabeth walsh
Sharynne Durbidge
Colin Trickett
Roger Gazard
Amanda Bishop
Peter Hotson
Tabitha Bright
Christina W
Martin Roberts
Paula Storm
Jacinta Reed
Micaiah Jensen
Louise Bellizzi
Emma Costello
Linda Haslop
James Atkins
Nick De Koning
Sarah Peake
Terry Rubesaame
Tony White
Anne Wardrop
Jonathan Pampling
Suz Morton
1,987 signatures

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  • David Thompson
    signed 2021-01-26 14:10:11 +1100
  • Emily Jehne
    signed 2021-01-26 14:07:05 +1100
  • Kristin Martin
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  • Simon Holliday
    signed 2021-01-26 13:52:27 +1100
  • Tom McPherson
    signed 2021-01-26 13:46:19 +1100
  • Rose Hill
    signed 2021-01-26 13:44:54 +1100
  • Wendy Fenton
    signed 2021-01-26 13:41:09 +1100
  • elizabeth walsh
    signed 2021-01-26 13:40:40 +1100
  • Sharynne Durbidge
    signed 2021-01-26 13:40:21 +1100
  • Colin Trickett
    signed 2021-01-26 13:39:56 +1100
  • Roger Gazard
    signed 2021-01-26 13:37:10 +1100
  • Amanda Bishop
    signed 2021-01-26 13:33:31 +1100
  • Peter Hotson
    signed 2021-01-26 13:32:19 +1100
  • Tabitha Bright
    signed 2021-01-26 13:27:34 +1100
  • Christina W
    signed 2021-01-26 13:26:50 +1100
  • Martin Roberts
    signed 2021-01-26 13:26:10 +1100
  • Paula Storm
    signed 2021-01-26 13:24:13 +1100
  • Jacinta Reed
    signed 2021-01-26 13:24:07 +1100
  • Micaiah Jensen
    signed 2021-01-26 13:22:13 +1100
  • Louise Bellizzi
    signed 2021-01-26 13:18:38 +1100
  • Emma Costello
    signed 2021-01-26 13:15:44 +1100
  • Linda Haslop
    signed 2021-01-26 13:14:52 +1100
  • James Atkins
    signed via 2021-01-26 13:12:19 +1100
  • Nick De Koning
    signed 2021-01-26 13:11:49 +1100
  • Sarah Peake
    signed 2021-01-26 13:11:18 +1100
  • Terry Rubesaame
    signed 2021-01-26 13:11:08 +1100
  • Tony White
    signed via 2021-01-26 13:08:51 +1100
  • Anne Wardrop
    signed 2021-01-26 13:07:22 +1100
  • Jonathan Pampling
    signed via 2021-01-26 13:02:37 +1100
  • Suz Morton
    signed via 2021-01-26 13:01:20 +1100

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